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PHOENIX -- Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. Harold Landry Jersey . The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road trips of the season was underway in the Giants clubhouse, but it hardly bothered Duffy. "I told them I feel so good right now, they can dress me up in whatever they want," Duffy said Wednesday after his pinch-hit single in the ninth inning sent San Francisco to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Duffy snapped a tie with a two-run single and the Giants narrowed their gap in the NL West, pulling within two games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 16-2 at Colorado. The contenders both have 10 games left. Duffys hit came on a full count with the bases loaded against closer Addison Reed (1-6). Pablo Sandoval walked with one out, Brandon Crawford singled and pinch-hitter Brandon Belt walked, setting up Duffy. Crawford had four hits. Now 4 for 10 as a pinch hitter, Duffy did not play in Triple-A this season and was called straight up from Double-A on Aug. 1. Giants manager Bruce Bochy showed faith in him in a key situation during a playoff race. "When he shows confidence in you, you have confidence in yourself," Duffy said. "Its a good feeling, definitely." Bochy said Duffy has shown good composure since his call-up. "Thats not the first time hes gotten a big hit for us," Bochy said. "I like him in that situation." Sergio Romo (6-4) pitched one inning, and Duffy batted for him. Santiago Casilla got his 17th save. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Reed was overworked. "This was his fifth day in six either in the game or heating up. He just didnt have it," Gibson said. Crawford hit an RBI double in the second for a 1-0 lead. Andrew Chafin, making his second major league start, tied it in the Arizona second with an RBI single off Madison Bumgarner. The hit came in Chafins first big league at-bat. Bumgarner laboured through six innings, allowing at least two baserunners in the first three. Trying for his 19th win, he gave up seven hits and struck out six. "I was having to battle and try to make pitches and keep us in the game," Bumgarner said. "Fortunately, I was able to do it." The Giants took the lead in the fifth thanks to an infield hit, a walk, a wild pitch and a pair of sacrifices that produced one run. Bumgarner gave up the tying run in the bottom of the fifth, when A.J. Pollock ran home on a thrown third strike that bounced to Giants catcher Andrew Susac. Susac threw out Mark Trumbo at first base, but Pollock hustled to the plate on the throw and beat Buster Poseys return throw to Susac. Chafin allowed two runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings. SCOREBOARD WATCHING The Giants admittedptq to looking at the out-of-town scoreboard at Chase Field to see how the Dodgers were doing against the Rockies during the course of the afternoon. "The scoreboard here is right in front of you," Bochy said. "Now weve got three big games in San Diego and thats where our focus is going to be." TRAINERS ROOM Giants: OF Angel Pagan was scheduled for an MRI for his back injury, and missed his third straight game. ... OF Michael Morse is still out with a strained oblique. Belt played for the first time since being activated Monday following a concussion. He will remain in Arizona on Thursday to get at-bats in the instructional league before rejoining the team. Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb (quadriceps) remains limited, but is expected to return to the lineup when the team plays at Colorado beginning Thursday. Lamb came on as a pinch hitter on Tuesday and struck out. UP NEXT Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (9-11) pitches Friday in San Diego after the club gets Thursday off. Hes coming off the worst start of his career, in which he allowed six runs on eight hits in one inning of a 17-0 loss to the Dodgers last week. Diamondbacks: LHP Vidal Nuno (0-6) faces the Rockies in the opener of a four-game series Thursday. Nuno has a 2.31 ERA over his last five starts. He allowed one earned run in eight innings against the Rockies on Aug. 30 but took the loss. Titans Jerseys . - Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 5 and finished a home run short of a cycle, and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Luke Falk Jersey . The 10-year deal the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years. With the league projecting financial growth, there has been speculation that players will take that option in three years, especially since a new national TV contract will be in place by then. . On Sunday, head coach Patrick Roy said the teams leading scorer will skate at Mondays morning practice and the club will make a decision on his status for Game 6 at that point.( - The New York Rangers hope to pick up where they left off before the Christmas break when they host the struggling New Jersey Devils in Saturdays Metropolitan Division clash at Madison Square Garden. The Devils, meanwhile, begin life without head coach Peter DeBoer, who was fired from his post on Friday. New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello told the media Saturday that the Devils will go forward with a unique coaching situation. Lamoriello said the Devils will use both Adam Oates and Scott Stevens behind the bench, with the former man handling the forwards and the latter taking charge of the defense, The Devils did not announce official titles for either Oates or Stevens and Lamoriello also said he also will be behind the bench for the time being. While Lamoriellos plan to replace DeBoer for the rest of the season is unorthodox, the decision to let the coach go was hardly surprising. The Devils are just 1-4-3 over their last eight games and find themselves nine points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Over four seasons with New Jersey, DeBoer has compiled a 114-93-41 record and guided the team to the playoffs during the 2011 season, his first with the Devils. DeBoers best season in New Jersey was his first as he guided the team to a 48-28-6 record in 2011-12. The Devils represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. DeBoer was able to get the Devils a a point in his final game behind the Devils bench, as Jersey dropped a shootout decision Tuesday against visiting Carolina. New Jersey grabbed the early lead on Tuesday when Stephen Gionta gave the hosts a 1-0 edge with 6:28 left in the first. The score stayed that way until Ron Hainsey evened things for Carolina with 8:01 remaining in the third. Chris Terry then scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 victory and drop the Devils to 1-2-1 on their four-game homestand. Cory Schneider stopped 32 shots through regulation and overtime, but he took the loss after allowing Terry to score in the third round of the shootout. We wanted to finish strong before the break, said Devils winger Mike Cammalleri. Its a little disappointing right now for sure. Cammalleri returned Tuesday from a four-game absence that caused him to miss four games, but the Devils played without forwards Patrik Elias, Martin Havlat and Jacob Josefson. Elias and Havlat have been sidelined with the mumps, and are not available for tonight. Josefson is questionable with a strained groin. New Jerrsey will likely go with Schneider as the starter for the 33rd time this season. Custom Titans Jerseys. The workhorse is 1-1-1 with a 1.79 GAA against the Rangers in his career. The Devils will try to halt a three-game road losing streak tonight, and are just 8-11-2 as the guest this season. New York earned its seventh consecutive victory and improved to 2-0 on a three-game homestand when it downed the Washington Capitals, 4-2, on Tuesday. The winning streak is the clubs longest since another seven-game run from Oct. 31-Nov. 15, 2011 and its also the longest current tear in the NHL. Another victory tonight would mark the franchises longest streak in four decades, as the club hasnt won eight in a row since Dec. 27, 1974-Jan. 11, 1975. The recent surge has helped push the Rangers into third place in the Metro. Tuesdays regulation win over the Capitals forged a tie for the divisions third and final automatic playoff berth, but New York holds the tiebreaker over Washington. Rick Nash recorded a hat trick on Tuesday, giving him 23 goals on the season, but his club had to hold off a late comeback attempt from the Capitals. Only Tyler Seguin has more goals (25) than Nash this season. Nashs second goal of the game made put New York ahead 3-0 at 5:12 of the third period, but Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied 41 seconds later for Washington. Alex Ovechkins power-play goal cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:02 left in the third. The score would stay that way until Nash completed the hat trick with a power-play tally of his own with 3:48 remaining. Martin St. Louis added a power-play marker early in the second period for the Rangers, who went 2-for-7 on the man advantage. Derek Brassard had three assists and Mats Zuccarello chipped in two helpers for New York. Henrik Lundqvist earned the victory with 30 saves, with 19 of those stops coming in the final period. The team is playing good, we are winning games, and its a great feeling in here, St. Louis said. We did a good job of going out there and earning it every day. Weve taken nothing for granted. We take care of the opponents and we play seriously and weve been rewarded with some good plays. Lundqvist is expected to get the start tonight. The Swedish star boasts a 31-14-6 record, 1.89 goals against average, .931 save percentage and eight shutouts in his career against the Devils. As a team, New York has won three straight and six of the last nine meetings in this series. The Devils have taken two straight in NYC, but the Rangers are 11-5-3 at home this season after winning their last three at the Garden. Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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